WHO Director-General: "People must have access to accurate information to protect themselves and others" (6) HIFA (2)

12 February, 2020

Dear Armand and all,

Thank you for your valuable message and important comments/questions. [Armand Seraphin Nkwescheu, Cameroon: http://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/who-director-general-people-must-have-ac...

I added a note under your message, but am reproducing it again here in case people may have missed it.

1. WHO is HIFA's main strategic partner. The rationale for HIFA is based on an internal WHO commission that was published in short form in The Lancet 2004 [https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(04)16681-6/fulltext]. HIFA was launched with a letter of support from WHO in 2006 and we have strengthened our collaboration every year since then. The HIFA Steering Group includes 3 WHO staff members, 2 recent WHO retirees and a WHO consultant. WHO are staff are also active across our 12 HIFA projects http://www.hifa.org/projects .

2. The challenge of improving the availability and use of healthcare information (with a focus on LMICs, where the needs are greatest) urgently needs better communication, understanding and advocacy, and this is HIFA's raison d'etre. The reality, however, is that HIFA is severely limited by lack of capacity. We have only ONE professional staff (me), working 6-7 days a week. We are able to achieve what we do thanks to the generosity of our many volunteers worldwide, including technical support from WHO and our 400 supporting organisations. *IF* we can identify additional funding (we need just $50k per year) to increase our staff capacity, we are poised for a step-change in growth and development, particularly in relation to our Strategic Plan priorities:

1. new HIFA forums in other languages

2. strengthening of collaboration with WHO (including application to enter into 'NGO in official relations' status)

3. increasing the number of active Projects

4. continued growth of the HIFA community and support base (Country Representatives and Supporting Organizations)

5. relaunching the HIFA Voices database (HIFA Voices 2.0)

6. leveraging HIFA social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube) and HIFA website to strengthen our advocacy.

The HIFA Steering Group is next meeting on 4 March 2020 and we welcome your suggestions and ideas.

Best wishes, Neil

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org